Dr. Patricia Lang
IN LSAMP Co-PI and Leadership Team Member, Professor of Chemistry
Lang has extensive experience in programs that aid in retention of STEM students, in particularly underrepresented STEM students. She is co-PI with other Indiana state universities on the NSF Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Program (LSAMP) grant. She was past director of the NSF LSAMP program at Ball State from 2004-2008. Lang will utilize her experience and her current status as Co-PI to assist in recruiting a diverse group of qualified students, as well as to evaluate of the successful elements of the program. As past Chemistry Department Chair, Lang has worked and continues to work closely with the math and science chairs and the administration to support STEM initiatives, write proposals, advocate for resources and student learning initiatives. Lang has mentored nearly 70 research students, half of whom are women and/or minority students.
Dr. Anita Gnezda
Ball State University INSAMP Coordinator, Assistant Teaching Professor of Chemistry
Anita Gnezda received her Ph. D. from Indiana University in pathology in 2006 and is currently an assistant teaching professor of chemistry at Ball State University. She has taught mainly the introductory courses in chemistry, to science and allied science majors for 12 years. Through her interactions with students in these courses, and her appointment as lab coordinator, she is in a good position to meet and identify students who are entering STEM fields, and that may be eligible to participate in the IN LSAMP Grant. In the past, as the Ball State LSAMP coordinator for a previous grant, and through her interaction with the Multicultural Center at Ball State, and she has increased awareness of the LSAMP program on campus and facilitated students participation in the program. She has been involved with freshmen orientation programs like EXCEL, for incoming freshmen, and Explore BSU day, aimed at recruiting students from underrepresented groups among visiting high school students. She is whole heartedly committed to the goals of the program again and hopes to achieve the goals of this grant by her renewed efforts to helping students thrive in college using the additional resources that the grant will provide.